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pakistan raises a lot on america's drone campaign which has taken hundreds of innocent lives despite u.s. claims that very few civilians come under fire. when i was with my grandmother everything became. a pakistani girl who survived a u.s. drone attack travels to washington to tell congress how her home was destroyed and her grandmother killed. the e.u. isn't satisfied with washington's explanation of n.s.a. surveillance allegations germany wants edward snowden himself to shed some light on reports of its chancellor's phone being town. brazil germany. and speaking of course in the united states is going to
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repeat itself. our teaser video agency speaks to n.s.a. leaks reporter glenn greenwald who is skeptical that america will stop its surveillance anytime soon. and behind the barbed wire our team travels to the notorious guantanamo bay detention camp where the military denies the facilities dark reputation. alleged torture and suicides is anywhere close to reality. in broadcasting live direct from our studios in moscow this is r t i'm sean thomas glad to have you with us a pakistani family that witnessed a cia drone strike which killed of a grandmother headed to washington this week to testify before congress or he's
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going to you can was at the emotional briefing where family members asked two u.s. lawmakers why their home was targeted in the deadly attack. this was the first time actual victims of u.s. drone strikes were in congress and apart from the congressman who initiated this briefing i saw only four other members of congress it's no secret the u.s. congress generally approves of growth strikes so it's very difficult to expect a sudden change of heart even though hard was what these drone victims were appealing through on appeal with twenty fourth of last year a u.s. drone strike left this pakistani family devastated a nine year old girl and her thirteen year old brother nearly escaped death that their sixty seven year old grandmother was killed vegetable garden. i no longer love blue skies i prefer the gray skies the drones do not fly when this kinds agree and for a short period of time the mental tension and fear eases between this kind of run the drones return and so does the fear you know this family has never been abroad
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out of their home in north waziristan and the father of this family said he looked at the life around here. he wished his children to be able to walk the streets not afraid of being bombed at any moment. my mother was killed my children are injured i'm so glad that people are going to hear our story that's why we came to america they have no idea why our village in my house to talk to. the family came to washington of course hoping to get answers to why they have to live in fear every day i have no idea why my grandmother was one of the drone haint i was outside with my grandmother everything became dark i was scared so i started to run then i noticed my hand was bleeding so i tried to clean my hand but not kept coming out but i was very scared so i just kept running. we also learned that the u.s. government did not grant to the lawyer of this family prominent practice any
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warrior who has sued the cia in the past on behalf of the victims of drone strikes in pakistan four hundred fifty thousand population of. being in a concentration camp they're being picked on the this is off what kind of. if someone has long before someone is driving the mess you leave and that this is how did being targeted and at the same time did not really in a position to leave the purpose of this briefing was to put a few men face to drone strikes there's a for a chance that in congress the tragedy of this family will fall on deaf ears but there is hope that the public will take notice in washington i'm going to check out according to the u.s. the three hundred seventy six drone attacks which have been carried out over the past decade have claimed few civilian lives but local reports indicate at least nine hundred people innocent people including two hundred children have been killed in pakistan documentary filmmaker robert greenwald who took the story of the
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ramanna family as inspiration for his latest move and says that the public just doesn't understand the consequences of drones. people want to believe in santa claus and they also want to believe that there's a simple solution to these incredibly complicated problems when we started reading that the drones were killing only high value targets represented an imminent threat that doesn't make sense it's just not possible so i think there was a kind of hopefulness yes finally we found a magic pill which is part of it some of it is the fact that american soldiers warrant there so people said it doesn't matter as important is that you know the families seeking to all kinds of americans people who have a mother will have a father and who look at them and can't justify the killing that we've done and then you have this extraordinary militarily industrial electoral complex bipartisan
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that agrees that the way to solve problems is by invading occupying a drone and we have to change all of that this week of the u.s. drone program has also dealt a blow to the peace process in the country a strike killed the country's taliban leader just a day before a government delegation was said to start negotiations with the group the nation is now on high alert. for security over fears militants could retaliate pakistan's interior minister accused washington of sabotaging efforts to end of violence a local expert told us he believes it's the pakistani people who will pay the price . the prime minister of pakistan was in washington d.c. only a week back and he had spoken to president obama taken him into confidence regarding the dialogue process and it also made a request for the drone attacks to stop because it. had made it a precondition but the drone attacks must come to an end before they come to the dialogue be able but instead of the drone attacks being stop big continued so i
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need body who is going to suffer it is going to be the people of pakistan and not the us the united states does not have the right to be judge jury and executors all rolled into one without any i thought it did. and the e.u. delegation and a separate group from germany were in washington this week to try and find out more about the n.s.a. is alleged to spying activities but the diplomats and m.e.p. is didn't get the answers they were looking for the e.u. group failed to get any clarification on the reports that world leaders were spied on and whether or not the white house knew about it it remains to be seen what actions europe will now take after relations with washington took a serious hit germany has been fuming over allegations that angle of merkel's phone could have been tapped as early as two thousand and two three years before she became chancellor one of the country's m.p.'s wants edward snowden himself to testify on the matter because he doesn't trust u.s.
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intelligence officials. basically because i think it's important to work together with mr snowden rather than putting him in prison we'd like more clarity on these allegations and we want to make sure something like this doesn't happen again snowden worked for many years for the cia and n.s.a. so i'm sure you can tell us everything we need to know about the leaked documents because as we've seen the n.s.a. has been very scarce with providing information i also think that the organization including n.s.a. chief keith alexander aren't always being truthful they once claimed they'll never break german laws and their surveillance operations. but tapping the chancellor's phone is not legal that's why i have trouble trusting u.s. intelligence officials. american security officials and policymakers have been placing the blame on each other over who is responsible for organized global surveillance here is u.s. secretary of state john kerry explaining why the white house didn't know what
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exactly the n.s.a. was doing. so they have a. lot of the other. technology is there that they're over the border. now that statement does not match up with the explanation given by the n.s.a. chief keith alexander said his agency was being told and who to spy on by policymakers including u.s. ambassadors despite the ongoing surveillance scandal and what seems like a rift between the u.s. intelligence and the state department nothing will change that's what the man who has been releasing it these n.s.a. leaks glenn greenwald's told artie's ruptly video agency. brazil germany. and the course of the united states is going to repeat itself continuously for the next several weeks or months almost every country around the world to be very clear
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objective of you say is to not just go over this but to keep it for as long as they can so the big time. if you're a citizen of spain or you want to also learn everything they've been doing in terms of who they've been communicating with edward snowden meanwhile explained why he gave these n.s.a. documents in the first place let's take a look at his manifesto of truth published in germany beagle magazine as the name implies the n.s.a. whistleblower insisted that people who tell the truth are not committing any crime but some governments don't feel that way according to snowden he blames them for unprecedented it campaigns of persecution in response to the leaks the manifesto says society has a moral obligation to ensure that there are laws which limits surveillance and protect human rights ultimately snowden is glad his leaks led to a debate over surveillance which could create reforms and he was a whistleblower with m i five and thinks that the problem is that current legislation isn't keeping up with advanced spying technology. who is actually
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breaking the law here because all the ground that the spy agency say they are legally allowed to spy on the appear to be very legally dubious at best but we're seeing in the last decade here technological scale of the spying counts by and the new technology has allowed this to happen and the laws which is supposed to be an democratically and you see how we are spied on are just not keeping up the twentieth century north and now we're dealing with twenty first century tech and you're watching r t still to come in the program syria takes one more step towards being free of chemical weapons with the successful destruction of all its production facilities shortly we take a look at the disarmament challenges that still lie ahead for the war torn country . now eight months in over a dozen guantanamo bay inmates still remain on hunger strike protesting
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a very indefinite detention and the alleged use of torture camps staffers force feeding those are refusing to eat. that has been described as brutal and extremely painful parties on associate traveled to the notorious prison to investigate what is really happening there. every morning at eight am the u.s. national anthem erupts across the beast that holds america's most scandalous prison no one likes to be spit on no one wants to have their own on torture hunger strikes and suicides have marred this place since two thousand and two and they're human beings after all they're there's no reason to expect that they enjoy being here you know we pretend otherwise prisoners held indefinitely in the name of the never ending war on terror whether they're innocent or guilty is not our job right here you know we have the court system determined that in just over a decade a total of seven hundred seventy nine prisoners the majority released without charges today one hundred sixty four remain over half of them cleared for release
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but still kept locked up. on the other side of the barbed wire. life is a blast. furnace and water and it's nice there's nothing really bad about here just like any common american town now is awfully scared to come here but i mean it's absolutely beautiful place when you get around of other stuff getting around the other stuff is not hard a lot of what goes on here is kept under a thick veil of denial and secrecy delta house is a hospital and library and this is also a place where patients are force fed and even though the hunger strike is largely and officially said to be over we know that at least fifteen people are continually being force fed here today a tube is passed down through a person's nostril and pushed all the way down to their stomach before it's passed down the nose we lubricate it in we give the patient a choice do they want to have the key which is
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a agent who will numb the area or if they want olive oil to lubricate the tube. most of our patients have been using all of you seem to like it in fact some of our patients are so. used to this they will describe which nostril they want this while major world medical bodies are in agreement that force feeding is not ethical and should not be practiced the force feeding them i've got my clients of experience to guantanamo they've certainly described it as torture the restraint chair that they're strapped into they actually call the torture chair an arabic force feeding takes up to forty five minutes and is performed twice a day the patients that had the civilian world have said it feel strange i've never heard insisting on. i have not heard that good move beyond nonchalant about the highly criticized practice you might feel differently from the way i might feel uncomfortable has been the most of it i have heard but they don't even believe in
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what this thing anymore because they know it sounds stupid i volunteer that the procedure be demonstrated on me request declined the prisoners who've not met one another and speak different languages keep saying the same thing that we were tortured used. tied. to the chair legs to the ground. strap across forced in a tube into our noses never in thirteen years have detainees been allowed to speak directly to a journalist while remaining it gives only leaking statements through lawyers they would love nothing more than to sit down with journalists and just tell them you know about their daily lives but communicating seems to only occur here if someone was it a point where maybe they had been verbalizing a lot of hopelessness we were immediately intervening and trying to assist that person to make sure that there wasn't any thoughts of maybe wanting to harm themselves or in their lives with charts like these often used to pinpoint
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patients despair you asked them how do you feel right now and they'll be able to point to it we have not had a patient in this area. thank heavens meanwhile six suicides and dozens of suicide attempts have taken place at the detention facility we haven't seen any autopsies the u.s. government hasn't released any formal reports or findings we're now inside two active camps at guantanamo camp five old single cells where the so-called compliance detainees are held camp number six is one filled with communal cells when officials deem that. better there will be rewarded by being allowed to live in groups while detainees are kept away from what we witness are clean empty prison cells with cozy pajamas colgate toothpaste and maximum security shampoos paraded in front of journalists as proof everything is so much better here than any silly horror stories we all have heard. cuba.
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well we've always got more news awaiting for you on our website including a story where britain has scrapped a plan to force people from india pakistan and some african countries to make a cash deposit of over three thousand pounds for visas on our website you can read more on that policy that caused outrage at home and abroad. new line of airline proposed for some swedish citizens to change their name to klaus and in return they would help them set up a new life in berlin. dot com to learn why this wacky ad campaign failed. this week syria passed a milestone in its chemical disarmament successfully destroying on time all of the production facilities the annihilation of all its existing stockpiles is now scheduled to be completed by the end of june but as artie's fall asleep or reports from damascus meeting that deadline could be
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a major challenge. dangerous and dirty that's how the nobel prize committee described the work of chemical weapons inspectors inside syria not to mention a brutally tight deadline october twenty five damascus provides a detailed plan of its chemical weapons stockpiles done october twenty seven foreign inspectors visited all declared sites missed. syria finishes destroying all equipment used in the production and mixing of poison gas and nerve agents done we should eliminate. what about a week but you know this is a very complicated the process complications filled by so called security concerns and that's the reason why one deadline already has been missed one of the biggest problems the train faces is how to access sites in rebel controlled areas so far the rebels have been unwilling to cooperate part inspectors have managed to visit twenty one of twenty three sites and although they haven't furby blame the rebels
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damascus insists it's doing its share and. those. sites being visited are under government control and we hope those who are controlling the. two groups two of them to implement what they are expected to implement it's the most difficult mission if undertaken by the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons destroying a country's chemical weapon stockpiles in the midst of a civil war surely women are syria actually stop producing chemical weapons in one thousand nine hundred eight as a possessed alternatives that can be a strategic substitution and are not in conflict with international law but none of this answers the reason why foreign inspectors are in damascus in the first place a chemical attack on august twenty first in which hundreds of people were killed off two rockets with seven gas fired at damascus the suburbs those responsible austerlitz large the next deadline in the destruction of syria's chemical weapons
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program is the middle of next year by then damascus must have destroyed removed its entire stockpile and ambitious timeline in very difficult circumstances policy r.t. damascus. now while rebel groups have been accused of hampering the disarmament efforts damascus has been very cooperative this is according to the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons that is overseeing the process now hear from michael the head of its public relations department to see what they have to say or to. well this was an extremely important and. a milestone that you can reach all of the chemical weapons and chemical weapons production facilities and mixing for all of that is now first of all under international control secondly the syrian government confirmed that they have what we say functionally destroyed the critical quit and which is needed to run their production make the. facilities the what are called these mix and building all of
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that has now been rendered inoperable we have gotten all of the cooperation from the syrian government authorities that have been required for us to conduct our verification activities there was a lot of skepticism that we would be able to reach the. point that we've reached today so we're doing a lot better than a lot of people would have expected to. take a look at some other news making headlines around the world for you this hour at least nine people have been killed by a string of insurgent attacks targeting security forces across iraq in the central city of baquba three police officers died and scores were injured after three suicide bombers blew themselves up one after another the surge in violence over recent months has claimed thousands of victims with authorities struggling to contain the bloodshed despite wide ranging operations and to tighten security.
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at least seven people including one child have died after a ferry capsized off the coast of thailand near the popular resort of iowa among the victims are three russian citizens three tiny nationals and one chinese man there are reports that up to two hundred were on board the vessel even though the maximum capacity is one hundred fifty the accident is being blamed on an engine problem which forced passengers to wash one side of the boat causing it to flip. leaders of rule movement in eastern libya have to clear the formation of an autonomous regional government the move is a symbolic a blow to efforts by libyan authorities to reopen eastern oil ports and fields blocked since the summer by rebels tripoli has rejected the declaration and come several months after the movement declared to the country's eastern half to be an independent state claiming broad rule control powers and control over resources.
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israel has issued tenders to build over eight hundred new settler homes in the west bank and east jerusalem construction is expected to start within a few months after the winning bid chosen palestinians have reacted angrily on the move threatening to go to the united nations security council over the issue this comes ahead of us secretary of state john kerry's separate meetings with the leaders of both sides to push them towards peace talks. in nigeria gunmen attacked a wedding convoy killing at least thirty people the group came under fire on a highway when they were returning to the nation's capital after the ceremony in a nearby state authorities say islamic extremists are suspected of carrying out the assault violent attacks are frequent in the country's northeast where the government has launched an offensive to end the insurgency by the militant group boko. rental prices across england have recently hit
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a record high in the nation's capital the average monthly cost exceeds what many londoners can afford or. visited a charity organization which is trying to tackle the issue by buying steel containers from china and adapting them into tiny low cost homes. when addressing the issue of housing one london charities thinking outside the box but when it comes to the solution it's a little insight that can meet them i pads a shipping container. called. renting in long particularly expensive and once again we hit record high so we're going to go. and see what this is all about. you know how. thank you very much for having us yes this is my palace yeah this is the my. desk here inside the my pants been designed to provide these who need it most with
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affordable independent living and just seventy five pounds a week that might have certainly cheap by london standards i think it's difficult for everybody right now to get. comfortable accommodation and a good price without you know paying extortionate amounts of the projects the brainchild of timothy paying if you think this is essentially this is a shipping container from china this is a shipping charge. this cover over a great big boat to the projects already received planning permission and funding is expected to come from the greater london authority initially this project will be soley for young people the charity works with society just takes the you know. from month to them because the moment they get into work but can't afford to live in a hostel on the corner for to move anywhere else because that's making moral or any
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economic sense. as an idea. is brilliantly innovative it's been designed as a quick fix now there's planning permission for thirty more things to be built next year but predictions that if bracing continues at its current rate of building them by twenty twenty and we face a shortfall of two million homes in the case you can see the scale of the problem and it's why what started out as a local temporary solution could end up becoming a more permanent fixture so a london. the world's first bitcoin a.t.m. was opened in the canadian city of vancouver this week the machine allows users to exchange their cyber currency in cash and vice versa let's now take a look though how bitcoin works basically it is a currency used for online transactions and to make it work clients set up their
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web wallets hiding their names behind a digital code banks middlemen and tax agencies are all left out reducing the fees but the payment can still be traced next you choose whether to shop online using bitcoins or sell them for any physical currency such as the dollar or euro coins are collected through a process called mining which is basically a chain of computers cracking codes and getting coins in exchange but it's not all smooth sailing last month the f.b.i. shut down the online black market silk road seizing nearly thirty million dollars worth of bitcoins michel demeter from the bitcoin exchanges store in vancouver told us what impact this may have on the digital currency gaining public credibility. i think it definitely has the potential to be revolutionary it basically gets your cash into a digital form where you can send it around the world instantly with no middleman we've got any money laundering policy in place where we limit users to three thousand dollars per day every transaction you make is be recorded on
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a public ledger your name isn't it but if somebody wants to find out who was making that transaction it can be done the silk road was a perfect example of that they ended up shutting down the silk road that was a piece and a b. black market. and they actually shut that down which is actually a very good thing for the currency as a whole as a lot of you associate associated warning just directly with the silk road and so since it's been shut down the currency did about ten percent for both twelve hours and since then people realize that it's not just about the black market and it's actually a legitimate currency and it's actually gone up one hundred percent since then well coming up it's across talk with host peter lavelle but before we go here some of the week's images from the olympic flames record breaking journey across russia with less than one hundred days before the winter games in sochi the olympic flame
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is continuing its ambitious relay well it's already been to the north pole and in just a few days it will blast off for the international space station i would like to be there on board that one but the torch is passing through towns and cities of the world's biggest country currently touring russia's north don't forget at r.t.e. dot com there's a full selection of videos and photos from the olympic flames verified. what you're dealing with here is that a few years tell you that there are children who will just be. on the internet trying to mediate that that's the future if you don't have a secret.